A game against the Columbus Blue Jackets must feel like a special reward for Corey Perry. For the second time this season, Perry had a hat trick against the NHL’s worst club. As was the case when he accomplished the same feat on Jan. 8, Perry’s efforts proved to be the difference as the Anaheim Ducks earned a 5-2 victory. Bobby Ryan and Jason Blake provided the Ducks other two goals as the squad converted on three of their four power-play chances.
For the most part, Perry has fallen short of expectations after his break out, Rocket Richard Trophy winning 2010-11 campaign. However, one thing to keep in mind is that a big reason for Perry’s success last season was his stunning run of 19 goals in 14 games from March 9 to April 6, 2011. That might go down as the highlight of his career and if you accept that he may never get that hot again, then Perry’s 26 goals in 55 games actually starts to look pretty good by his standards. After all, this is still likely to be his second best season in terms of goals scored.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”
The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.
Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.
It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.
Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.
He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.
Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.
If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.
The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.
The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.